Montessori At Home
Setting up a Montessori environment at home can be diﬀicult, as you may need to make adjustments to every room of the house. Set it up in a way that suits you and your home. Once you have completed the changes, it will become a lot easier to implement Montessori methods in your home. Your whole family can benefit from having a more minimalistic and simple environment.
Starting with the playroom, make sure it is in an open space containing only necessary items that the child will use. If it has no place, store it or give it away. It can be diﬀicult to determine which toys to throw away and which to keep. Consider getting rid of broken or damaged toys and those that have duplicates or serve the same purpose. As mentioned before, electrical toys that light up and make noise are no good for skill-building. Keep toys that are practical and eﬀective. The environment should be peaceful with pleasant surroundings.
If possible, allow your child to decorate their bedroom, guiding them with options that will provide a Montessori environment. A montessori bed is perfect for this. Allow them to pick from calm and neutral colors instead of loud, distracting colors. You can also create a calming environment by using essential oils like lavender and tea tree. Ensure all storage, including shelves, drawers, wardrobes, and hooks, are placed at the appropriate height for your child. Your child will be able to access their clothes, toys, and belongings without having to ask for help. Your child will also be able to put items back where they belong. Make sure that decorative items like artwork are visible to the child so that they can appreciate them. Include a laundry basket and a waste bin to promote the upkeep of the bedroom. Save most toys for the playroom, keeping a limited amount of toys and books in the bedroom.
In the bathroom, create convenience for your child. Include a fold-away stool so your child can reach the sink and light switch, etc. Attach a mirror to the wall suitable for your child’s height, or have one that is easily accessible. Having access to a mirror will encourage your child to maintain their cleanliness.
In the kitchen, dedicate a low, accessible cupboard for your child. Include plates, cups, and cutlery so your child can prepare their own food and refreshments without having to ask for help.
Find a place in your home that you can dedicate to meditation, thinking, and calming down. This space is not to be intended for discipline, rather the opposite. You can sit here with your child and practice meditation and breathing, art, or exercise. Allow the space to be a place in the home where you and your child can express feelings, think deeply, and meditate.